Beautiful poetry plus beautiful illustrations plus the words of the Beatitudes running along the bottom of each page equals a mama crying while she reads aloud of God's presence in the midst of injustice. A truly beautiful book.
THE BOY WHO DREW CATS by Margaret Hodges, illus. by Aki Sogabe. Based on a legend about 15th century Japanese artist Seeshu Toyo, this story reminded me of THE HORSES OF HAN GAN: in that story, too, an artist's work is so realistic that it springs to life.
MY NAME IS ELIZABETH by Annika Dunklee, illus. by Matthew Forsythe. I can relate to Elizabeth who finds it frustrating that people are always shortening her name. (I once told an uncle I'd rather be called Booger than Kimmie.) Delightful orange-and-blue-toned retro illustrations capture Elizabeth's spunk.